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Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture #21: Verbal Art in San Blas: Kuna Culture Through Its Discourse

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This book, by one of the leading scholars in linguistic anthropology, concerns the verbal art of the Kuna Indians of San Blas, Panama. The author describes a rich and varied array of Kuna verbal practices, ranging from reporting, formal speechmaking and political oratory to chants and magical communication with the spirit world. This is a world in which all knowledge and information, from history and geography to the latest sport news from Panama City, is orally conceived, perceived and transmitted, and Joel Sherzer demonstrates how experience is shaped by these verbal discourses. This book represents the complete range of verbal performances in a single Native American society. These are transcribed in the original native language from tape recordings of actual events and translated into English. It is a significant contribution to theory, practice and method in anthropology, folklore and oral literature.

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This book represents the complete range of verbal performances in a single Native American society.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1, Introduction; 2. The poetics of Kuna verbal art; 3. White Prophet: A Kuna myth chanted, spoken and translated; 4. Counselling a new chief: A fugue of metaphors; 5. The report of a curing specialist: The poetics and rhetoric of an oral performance; 6. The hot pepper story: Strategies in text and context; 7. The Agouti story: On play, joking, humour and tricking; 8. The grammar of poetry and the poetry of magic: How to grab a snake in the Darien; 9. Some final words; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521107112
Author:
Sherzer, Joel
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Native American Languages
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.66 in. .95 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General

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